Glamorgan pair Sam Northeast and Eddie Byrom hit tons to keep Yorkshire at bay
Sam Northeast and Eddie Byrom hit centuries as Glamorgan frustrated Yorkshire to salvage a draw on the final day of their LV= Insurance County Championship Division Two clash in Cardiff.
Northeast ended the day unbeaten on 166, while Byrom was out for 101 and captain Kiran Carlson contributed 52 to pass the landmark of 1,000 runs in a season for the first time in his career.
For the Welsh county, who produced similar backs-against-the-wall defensive efforts against Sussex and Durham earlier this season, it was an 11th draw in 13 matches this season and officially killed off any lingering promotion hopes.
Yorkshire started the day with an outside chance of an innings victory, but they remain bottom of the table, despite picking up 13 points to Glamorgan’s eight, following their 48-point deduction earlier in the campaign for their handling of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal.
With a first-innings deficit of 227, the home side, following on, resumed on 120 for two – still 107 runs behind – and with the aim of batting all day.
Blue skies and bright sun made for perfect conditions for the batters, while the placid pitch was also in their favour – offering the Yorkshire bowlers very little encouragement.
Northeast, unbeaten on 45 overnight, made it to 50 in the fourth over of the morning and his partnership with Byrom, who resumed on 52 not out, quickly ticked over into three figures.
Northeast got away with a moment of recklessness in the 56th over when he chased a wide delivery from Matthew Revis and saw a thick inside edge cannon into his boot.
But, with few other signs of a breakthrough, Yorkshire opted to give wicketkeeper Jonny Tattersall the ball and his unthreatening leg-breaks allowed Byrom and Northeast to make serene progress.
Finlay Bean took the gloves and had little to do as Revis, who claimed five wickets in the first innings, also struggled to make anything happen.
Byrom completed his century with a sweep off Dom Bess, but his fine innings came to an end soon after as he tried one reverse sweep too many and was bowled by the spinner, ending a 199-ball knock and a 178-run partnership with Northeast.
The home side reached 230 for three at lunch, a lead of three, with Northeast on 88 and Carlson 11.
Northeast survived a leg-before appeal from Adam Lyth on 93 and then an attempted caught and bowled as he drove the ball into the foot of James Wharton at silly point and it shot off towards Bess, who got fingertips to it.
But he claimed his hundred in the 80th over with a stylish cut to the boundary off Lyth, just before Yorkshire got their hands on the new ball with Glamorgan 254 for three – a lead of 27.
Ben Coad and Jordan Thompson replaced Bess and Lyth, but they could not stem the flow of runs and Carlson passed his 1,000-run milestone in the 82nd over.
The Glamorgan skipper reached his half-century before being caught behind by Tattersall for 52 off the very next ball as debutant Ben Cliff claimed his maiden first-class wicket to leave the hosts on 305 for four.
Glamorgan progressed to 354 for four at tea, and, though Wharton bowled Billy Root for 45 with his second ball, the teams shook hands on the draw at 4.20pm with the hosts on 401 for five and leading by 174.
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